English teacher sentenced thanks to 'Sweetie'

In England too, a child abuser has been convicted as a result of the 'Sweetie' campaign in 2013. The man worked as a primary school teacher and his online child abuse was discovered while he was chatting with the virtual girl that helped Terre des Hommes detect a thousand perpetrators of webcam child sex. The man, who is placed under surveillance, gets two-year suspended prison sentence as well as a mandatory treatment for online child abusers.



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First conviction in England

For the first time, the 'Sweetie' campaign has lead to a conviction in England. The condemned man worked as a primary school teacher, but to our knowledge there are no children of the school involved in the case. The man came into the picture after chats with investigators from the 'Sweetie' team. His data were transmitted to the British police via Interpol.

Fifth sentence worldwide

Last week, a second Danish citizen was sentenced thanks to 'Sweetie'. At an earlier stage, online child abusers in Australia and Belgium had already been convicted as a result of the 'Sweetie' campaign.

Tracking online child abusers with chatbots

Supported by a team of international specialists, Terre des Hommes is developing new methods aimed to discourage, deter and warn offenders of webcam child sex. "Soon, chatbots will enable us to monitor thousands of chat rooms simultaneously in an entirely automated way, and approach, identify and localise potential child abusers," says Hans Guijt, project manager. This sequel to the successful approach with the virtual girl 'Sweetie' is supported by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

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